THE CHRISTIAN FUNERAL by Edgar N. Jackson

THE CHRISTIAN FUNERAL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This small volume offers a first section in which the significance of burial rites is summarized from an anthropological, sociological, psychological, and medicinal point of view; and a second, larger, section, giving a collection of brief meditations delivered by the author at the funerals of a variety of individuals. The book does not deal in detail with current funeral practice, and makes only the briefest judgmental reference to such matters as funeral expense. It assumes a more or less traditional form of funeral procedure. The deeper causes for a radical shift in our day of attitudes toward death are not examined, except for reference to the effects of our general dependence upon science to solve all problems; and such practices as cremation are not considered. The meditations are aimed to be about six minutes in length. Their tone is generally eulogistic and hortatory, and their dependence upon such Christian affirmations as the resurrection varies greatly. For clergy who may still be confused about what they are doing when they officiate at a funeral.

Publisher: Appleton-Century